academic year


Definition of academic year

: the annual period of sessions of an educational institution usually beginning in September and ending in June

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In order to pay for classes during the academic year, Martinez spent his summers picking fruit in the fields of Washington orchards. Christi Carras, Los Angeles Times, "Meet the Long Beach artist fighting for Latinx farmworkers and their legacies," 12 Sep. 2019 For empty-nesters: Gulf Islands, British Columbia The start of the college academic year signals empty-nesting season, the upside of which is parents reclaiming a share of personal time. Elaine Glusac, New York Times, "Summer’s Not Over Yet! 8 Ways to Extend Your Vacation," 2 Sep. 2019 At the University of California, an Academic Senate task force is reviewing the use of standardized tests in admissions, and recommendations are expected over the upcoming academic year. John Woolfolk, The Mercury News, "College Board modifies controversial SAT ‘adversity score’ after criticism," 27 Aug. 2019 The joint lawsuit filed in Adair County also links the fraternity member to two other suicides in the same academic year and a fifth death that remains under investigation, The Kansas City Star reported. CBS News, "After string of deaths at Truman State University, fraternity brother accused of urging suicides," 3 Aug. 2019 According to an analysis in January by the Russell Group, a consortium of major U.K. research universities, the number of graduate students coming to these universities from other EU countries fell 9% from the previous academic year. Erik Stokstad, Science | AAAS, "U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s hardline Brexit stance stokes fears for scientists," 29 July 2019 Misconceptions about Texas' massive school finance overhaul are running fast even as districts are in the throes of finalizing their budgets for the upcoming academic year. Dallas News, "Castro riding debate wave, redistricting, census rulings could affect Texas, Paxton prosecutor wants out," 2 July 2019 Housing prices for apartments and residence halls went up in price between $100 and $180, while meal plans are up between $100 and $120 for the upcoming academic year. Casey Smith, Indianapolis Star, "Many Indiana colleges and universities are increasing tuition. Here's how much they cost.," 29 June 2019 Its overall school performance grade is an F. For growth, the measure of student progress over an academic year, the school received a C in 2018., "Citing ‘serious violations,’ state school board votes to close Smothers Academy," 20 June 2019

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1800, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of academic year

: the time during a year when a school has classes

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